Last year, we attended the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival and we noticed that lines were extremely long. Solution: Purchase VIP tickets. In our article last year, we warned that attendees might wait an hour to get their meal. VIP tickets allowed the Disarray Magazine staff to cut ahead of the line, get a free beer and enjoy our delicious lobster meal while others were still waiting.
"First Class Guests can choose from two options - with and without a lobster meal. With the meal tickets cost $39.00 and without the meal only $25.00. If purchased separately all the First Class benefits would cost more than $50.00." - Jim Hall, Festival Producer
This year, we suggest that attendees spend a bit more cash on a VIP ticket. Read last year's coverage: L.A. Lobster Festival Offers Family Fun
For more information about the event, see below:
First Class Tickets for the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival are now on sale. With no increase in price this year, they are widely regarded as the way to go for guests who want to avoid the crowds, get to the head of the line and dine in a secluded area all while supporting a local charity. One-third of the purchase price does directly to Harbor Interfaith Services.
First Class tickets may be ordered three ways: Online at http://lobsterfest.com or by calling Harbor Interfaith at 310-241-0292, at their office at 1002 S. Pacific Ave in San Pedro or in person at the First Class booth during festival hours. Last year profits from First Class ticket sales went to support Harbor Interfaith's food bank and family intervention services and helped feed over 2,000 people for two months.
First Class Guests can choose from two options - with and without a lobster meal. With the meal tickets cost $39.00 and without the meal only $25.00. If purchased separately all the First Class benefits would cost more than $50.00.
First Class guests check-in at a private area at the entrance of the festival, have a special dining area reserved just for them, can come and go all weekend long for no extra charge, and get a special wristband that allows them to buy drinks and pickup meals without waiting in line. The First Class meal includes a slice of watermelon in addition to a 1.25 lb fresh steamed Maine lobster, potatoes, cole slaw, sweet bread roll, butter and lemon wedges. For only $13.00 each they can also add extra lobsters to their plate. First Class guests also enjoy a welcoming beverage with their meal (must be 21 or older for alcohol), a collectable full color poster from rock artist Jeff Nicholas' Uprising Creative and lobster beads. Credit cards are accepted at the First Class booth.
Tickets may be ordered by calling the Harbor Interfaith offices at 310-241-0292 or by going to the festival's secure order page at http://www.lobsterfest.com and click on the "tickets" link at the top of the page. There is no need to order in advance like other festivals, First Class Tickets are available for purchase on site each day.
"Our First Class Ticket is a real bargain. Best of all we're able to deliver the benefits of First Class service and give our guests a choice in meals. A lot of folks told us they would pay a little more for a lot more convenience and that's what a First Class Ticket gives them. We'll still be selling the same great lobster meal for only $18.00 each - a price that has only gone up one buck in six years. There is no better dining and entertainment bargain in Southern California. If you choose the First Class with meal option, you will be saving over $16.00. Compare our First Class ticket with similar offers at other festivals, and see what a good deal it truly is."
The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival has raised over $200,000.00 for local non-profit groups. 2009 beneficiaries of the Lobster Festival include Harbor Interfaith Services, Pedro Pet Pals, and the San Pedro Rotary Club.